ISPE Glossary of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Terminology

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Heat

A form of energy associated with the motion of atoms or molecules in solids and capable of being transmitted through solid and fluid media by conduction, through fluid media by convection, and through empty space by radiation. Two important characteristics of heat are:

1. Heat cannot be destroyed, only transferred from on body to another, or converted to another form of energy.

2. Heat always flows from the warmer to the colder substance.

See also: Latent Heat Sensible Heat (SH)

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